Notice of intent to Call for Projects: Job Access Reverse Commute and New Freedom Programs

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), in partnership with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), is planning to call for projects in the 18-County Atlanta Urbanized Area for Job Access & Reverse Commute (JARC) and New Freedom Program funds for fiscal years 2011. In addition, the ARC will also award funds carried over from FY 2010. These Federal Transit Administration (FTA) program funds are available for projects that improve transportation for low‐income individuals, people with disabilities, and older adults.

The solicitation for projects will be announced during the week of September 19, 2011. Applications will be due by November 04, 2011. Additional information will be available on the ARC website at www.atlantaregional.com/hst.

Background on JARC and New Freedom Funds

The goal of the JARC Program is to improve access to transportation services to employment and employment related activities for welfare recipients and eligible low-income individuals; and to transport residents of urbanized areas and nonurbanized areas to suburban employment opportunities.

The New Freedom Program aims to provide additional tools to overcome existing barriers facing Americans with disabilities seeking integration into the work force and full participation into society.

The New Freedom grant program seeks to expand the transportation mobility options available to persons with disabilities beyond the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

For detailed information on either program, see the FTA circular for JARC and New Freedom.

Human Services Transportation Plan

The solicitation will be limited to projects that have been derived from the Atlanta region’s 2010 Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan. The coordinated HST Plan provides a framework for the Atlanta region to improve mobility for the low income, disabled, and older adult populations. Projects can be derived from the HST Plan without being specifically listed in the plan.

Available Funding

The call for projects applies for available JARC and New Freedom funds. The total funds available are shown below. The amount actually awarded during this call process may be less than the total available and will be determined based on the number and quality of applications.

Fiscal Year 2011:

$ 1,546,675 for JARC projects

$ 982,796 for New Freedom projects

Fiscal Year 2010 – Carryover Funds:

$243,400 for JARC projects $977,746 for New Freedom projects

Funds can be used to support up to 80 percent (80/20 match) for capital projects and not more than 50 percent (50/50 match) of project costs for operating assistance. Other federal (Non‐Department of Transportation), local, and private funds can be used as a match.

Grant Application Workshop

A grant application workshop is scheduled for Thursday, September 29th from 9:30- 11:00 AM. We hope that this will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about the funding programs. Further information will soon be made available at http://www.atlantaregional.com/hst.

Selection Process

Funds will be awarded through a competitive selection process, which will be administered by ARC. The selected projects will be forwarded to FTA for final review and approval before funds will be available for use by successful applicants. The application package will provide additional information about the selection process.

If you have any questions or need further clarification, please contact the staff listed below.

Kenyata Smiley (ksmiley@atlantaregional.com)

Atlanta Regional Commission

40 Courtland Street NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404‐463‐3275

Additional information will be available on the ARC HST website early during the week of September 19th, 2011.

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